A History of Law and Lawyers in the GATT/WTO
The Development of the Rule of Law in the Multilateral Trading System
Monday, 1 June 2015
WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland Centre William Rappard, Room W
On 1 June 2015, the WTO launches a new book entitled “A History of Law and Lawyers in the GATT/WTO”, co-published with Cambridge University Press.
This book paints an interesting and sometimes surprising portrait of the evolution of the role that law and lawyers have played throughout the history of the multilateral trading system. It brings together original contributions from an unprecedented number of eminent current and former GATT and WTO staff members, including many current and former Appellate Body members, to trace the history of law and lawyers in the GATT/WTO and explore how the nature of legal work has evolved over the institution’s sixty-year history.
Moderator: Gabrielle Marceau, editor
Gabrielle Marceau, editor and counsellor in the Legal Affairs Division
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|12.00 — 13.30||
The Development of the rule of law in the GATT, 1947 — 94
Jennifer Hillman — What is the rule of law?
Peter Williams — GATT’s first two Directors-General — both lawyers and diplomats
Stuart Robinson — Serving as a lawyer in GATT during the 1960s and 1970s
Frieder Roessler — A changing attitude towards the role of Law in GATT
Ulrich Petersmann — What the rule of law meant in the 1980s
Rosine Plank-Brumback — Setting the stage for reform
Mark Koulen — Anti-dumping disputes: leading the changes
Amy Porges — The place of law in the Uruguay Round negotiations
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Invitation to refreshments
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The expansion of the rule of law in the WTO, 1994 — today
Debra Steger — The establishment of the Appellate Body
Pieter-Jan Kuijper — Institutionalising the rule of law
A.V. Ganesan — Developing countries in the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU)
Valerie Hughes — Panels and the Appellate Body: shared responsibility
Reto Malacrida — Insight into panel composition
Alejandro Jara — The future of legal work in the WTO
Ricardo Ramirez — The impact of the WTO’s increasing dispute settlement workload
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|15.35 — 15.40||
WTO 20th anniversary message
The book will be offered at a special 25% discount following the event.
Registration is mandatory for those who do not have WTO accreditation. Should you wish to register, please send an email to [email protected] by 28 May. Registered participants will need to leave their passport or ID card at the registration office before entering the building.
Launch event co-sponsored by Cambridge University Press and the World Trade Organization.
Video highlights of the conference and the book launch 04/06/2015 (4m 13s)